Wesley J.C. Bell is assistant professor of criminal justice at STLCC – Florissant Valley. Photo by Wiley Price / St. Louis American, Featured Image
The white Ladue cop who shot a 33-year-old black woman in the Ladue Schnucks parking lot on April 23 has been charged with assault in the second degree, St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell announced at a press conference on Wednesday, May 1.
Julia Crews, 37, a 13-year veteran of law enforcement, made public statements this week that she had mistaken her service revolver for her taser while attempting to apprehend the fleeing woman, who was suspected of shoplifting.
However, Bell said the officer’s actions were “reckless” and the charges were “appropriate.”